Browne Jacobson shakes up its talent development with new apprenticeship programmes

National law firm Browne Jacobson has announced its plans to shake up the way in which it recruits and develops its talent with the launch of new apprenticeship programmes in March and September 2018.

The 100+ apprenticeship positions will be offered across the firm’s offices and will see Browne Jacobson invest 100% of its apprenticeship levy into the new programmes.

Part of this initiative will be the ‘Career Start’ programme available from September 2018 in the firm’s Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester offices, aimed at external candidates and current employees who wish to develop their career pathway via apprenticeships. Two career start cohorts will be created: one of 12 business administration level 3 apprenticeships positions via an administration assistant role and one of 12 paralegal positions via a legal assistant role. In the second year of the paralegal apprenticeship, participants will have the option to apply to join the firm’s solicitor apprenticeship scheme.
CILEx Law School will deliver the training to the 12 paralegal apprentices.

Sally Swift, Head of Legal Support Services at the firm said:

“For the last six years, we have seen the real value in what an apprenticeship scheme can bring to a business. We remain thoroughly committed to the local communities that our office network serves, so it is fantastic to not only be able to extend our apprenticeship programme across a wider reach but to be able to offer the opportunity to invest and upskill our existing people across the business as well.

Browne Jacobson is committed to developing talent and building a strong future for our business. The introduction of the apprenticeship levy presents a lot of opportunities to employees who are prepared to support it and we are keen to lead the way in how law firms can make it work for their business too.”

Claire Stripp, Head of Talent & Knowledge at Browne Jacobson added:

“We continue to be a leading supporter of the apprenticeship route into law and have adopted an apprenticeship-first approach to development opportunities within our business. Apprenticeships are fast becoming considered on equal par to a formal university qualification because they can offer industry recognised qualifications alongside valuable hands on experience which you can’t get through the traditional university route.”

CILEx Law School has been delivering apprenticeships to Browne Jacobson since it became one of the first law firms in the country to launch an apprenticeship scheme in 2012.

Jenny Pelling, Director of Business and Apprenticeships at CILEx Law School, said: “We are delighted to be working with Browne Jacobson on the paralegal element of their expanded apprenticeship initiative. We have been working with them since 2012 and it is very rewarding to see their apprenticeship programme going from strength to strength.”